The Daily Star-Mirror
MOSCOW, LATAH COUNTY, IDAHO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1918
DEMOBILIZATION STARTS IN TWO WEEKS
The work of demobilizing the American army of more than 3,000,000 men
will begin at once,
their homes. When the work is fairly under way 30,000 men will be sent
This is the cheering news that comes to the fathers, mothers, brothers, and
sisters of the men now in the army in a special dispatch from Washington
to The Star-Mirror. This means that the government regards the war as
ended and that 1,360,000 Americans now in Europe are enough to handle
any situation that may arise,
men will be sent home.
Things are being adjusted to normal everywhere. The new German chan
cellor announces that if the new German government can stand for six or
eight weeks it will be firmly established. It begins to look like the German
republic would be founded without the bloodshed and disorder that accomp
anied the change of government in Russia.
Germany wants to send a mission to the United States to secure food and
to lay before the American people the true conditions in Germany and asks
President Wilson's permission to do so. Just how such a mission would be
received so soon after the war, is a question that is probably being con
sidered at Washington.
Following are the telegraphic and cable news received today:
Will Demobilize Home Troops First.
WASHINGTON.—Orders have been issued, General March, chief of staff
announced today, for the gradual demobilization of all troops now in this
country. The demobilization will be in the following order; Development
battallions, 71 in number, comprising 98,199 men; conscientious objectors
who are not under arrest; spruce division; central officers training schools
with some modifications; U. S. guards, numbering 136,000 men, railway
units and depot brigades; replacement units and combat divisions.
There are now in the United States, 1,790,000 men under arms, said
General March. Orders which will result in the immediate demobilization
be given as an incentive to new enlistment. Congress is to be asked to
the next two weeks.
When the reduction plan is in full operation 30,000 men daily will be.
released from the army. General March said the order in which divisions
in France will be withdrawn is being left to General Pershing.
It is the war department's intention as far as practicable to return each
division to the locality from which the majority of the men came and to
parade the division in adjacent cities so that the people may have a chance
to welcome the men home.
General Pershing has been ordered to begin immediately the return of
all sick and wounded who can be moved, and convalescents. All soldiers
will be offered an honorable discharge from emergency enlistments and
immediate reenlistment in the permanent army. One month's furlough will
b given as an incentive to new enlistment. Congress is to be asked to
give each man discharged from the army one month's salary.
In two weeks the first to be demobilized will reach
General Pershing is to decide when these
German Delegates Want to Come to America.
LONDON.—(By Associated Press.)—Foreign Secretary Self, of Germany,
has sent a message to Secretary of State Lansing urgently requesting
President Wilson to give permission for a German commission to immediately
leave Germany for the United States to personally lay before the American
government the conditions in Germany and assure taking steps to purchase
food stuffs for the starving Germans.
Ebert Says Germany Will Be on Her Feet in Eight Weeks.
BERNE, Switzerland.—If the new German government can carry on its
work for six or eight weeks the future of Germany is assured, declared
Frederick Ebert, chancellor of Germany, in a speech delivered in Berlin
German Battleship Sunk by Revolutionists.
BERNE.—The German warship Wiesbaden refused to
revolutionists and tried to escape to neutral waters.
It was pursued by revolutionary battleships and sunk. The entire crew
of 360, including many cadets, perished, according to the Lokal Anzeiger
Belgians Reenter Brussels Today.
PARIS.—(By Associated Press.)—The Belgian advance guards entered
Brussels, former capital of Belgium, taken by the Germans in September,
1914, this (Saturday) morning.
German troops, according to the armistice terms, began leaving the Belgian
capital Friday and are now nine miles away, according to a correspondent
Madi, on the Belgian front.
Allied Forces to Enter Bucharest Sunday. ,
PARIS.—Allied forces are expected to enter Bucharest Sunday, according
to advices from Jassy to L'Information. A triumphal reception has been
prepared for them, it is said.
Czecho-Slovaks Proclaim Republic.
BERNE.—Czecho-Slovak republic was proclaimed yesterday by the nation
al jatsembly. The selection of Professor T. G. Maaryk as president was rati
fied, according to official dispatches from Prague.
American and French Troops March Through Alsace.
PARIS.—French and American troops are continuing progress in the oc
cupation of Alsace-Lorraine. Both forces continue movements in the direc
tion of Metz today, according to The Temps.
Socialist is Premier of Poland.
BASEL.—The Galician socialist leader Daszynski has been appointed pre
mier of Poland and charged with the formation of ■ a cabinet, by General
Piludski, according to a dispatch from Warsaw.
German Peace Delegate Selected.
BERLIN.—(Wireless to London by Associated Press.)—Mathias Erzberger
chief of the German armistice delegation, will conduct the preliminaries
of the peace negotiations in conjunction with the foreign office.
President Wilson Takes Over Express Company.
WASHINGTON—President Wilson today issued a proclamation taking
over the consolidated express business now carried on by the American
Railway Express company, and assigning the operation to Director General
McAdoo. No radical change will be made in methods of operation or em
ployees, said the railroad administration.
Revise Revenue Bill Downward.
WASHINGTON.—Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo's recommendation
for the downward revision of the revenue bill to about $6,000,000,000 was
formally adopted today by the senate finance committee. Only two or three
members, Chairman Simmons said, favored a higher tax levy.
American Casualties 1075.
There are 1075 names in the American army casualty lists issued for today.
The war department is striving to get the casualties all reported as soon
possible/ but are fully two weeks behind and reports of casualties will con
tinue to come in for some time, even though the war has ended. The depart
ment warns the people that some severe fighting is to be reported and that
some heavy casualties are yet to be published. The list issued for morning
papers today follows:
Killed in action, 93; died of wounds, 94; died from accident and other
causes, 3; died from aeroplane accident, 1; died of disease, 119; wounded
severely, 28; wounded, degree undetermined, 82; wounded slightly, 73; miss
ing in action, 36; total, 628.
Afternoon List.—Killed in action, 109; died of wounds, 62; died of disease,
64; wounded slightly, 90; missing in action, 232; total, 547._
married Oct. 13, 1917, to Miss ;
CARL ROGERS DIED OF
WOUNDS IN FRANCE
Word was received last evening
that Carl Rogers died of wounds in
France, Oct. 18. Mr. Rogers left
Moscow Nov. 6, 1917 for Camp Lewis
and sailed for France last June. He
Freese, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Fred Freese, who live on N. Garfield.
His father. Geo. Rogers, lives six
miles east of Moscow,
brother, Orlo, who is working in the
ship yards on the coast and a sister,
Mrs. Newman of Colfax. Carl was
twenty-two years of age at the time
of his death.
He has a
STATEMENT OF CITY
TAXPAYERS WANT TO KNOW
WHY REPORTS OF FINANCES
ARE NOT PUBLISHED
Since last June there has been no
monthly report of the financial condi
tion of the city of Moscow published in
the official paper. Taxpayers have won
dered why this report is no longer made
public and many inquiries have been
made over the telephone and in person
by interested people. The following
communication tells how one heavy tax
payer feels about it. His letter to The
"Moscow, Idaho, Nov. IS, 1918.
"Why do we not have reports of the
expenditures of our city published in the
newspapers as formerly? Surely the
people who pay the taxes are entitled to
know what becomes of the money.
"For many months we have had no
report from the city authorities on the
expenditures for maintaining the city
government. The taxpayers are certain
not go to the city hall and get this in
not go to the city hall and get theis in
formation. We depend upon the news
papers for this, for the newspapers reach
all of the people.
"Why is it that the publication of the
expenditures has stopped? Are we not
entitled to this information ? Let us have
it at least once a month. The cost of
publishing this would be very small,
probably less than one cent for each tax
paper, and I am sure that any one of
them would be willing to pay one cent a
month to know what is being done with
the city's money.
MOSCOW WOMAN SAYS CANNOT
POSSIBLY DO WITHOUT THE
PAPER EVERY DAY
That The Star-Mirror is appreciated
by the people of Moscow is shown by
the support it is getting. The paper
brings to the homes of Moscow people
every evening the latest news of Mos
cow, the surrounding country and the
world at large. They get news in this
paper up to a later hour than can be
obtained in any other way. They get
the same news in The Star-Mirror de
livered at their homes in the evening
that they would get in the morning pa
pers the next afternoon. The following
letter is a fair example of several verbal
and written compliments that have been
received lately and that make the pub
lisher feel that his efforts to please the
public have not been in vain. The letter
"Dear Sir : Please find enclosed check
for five dollars ($5.00), subscription for
Star-Mirror, delivered at the following
address, 146 East B street, Moscow,
Idaho, for one year. We anxiously look
every evening for your paper. We could
not possibly be without it.
"MRS. J. W, RANDALL."
BURTON L. FRENCH GAVE
FIFTY DOLLARS TO FUND
Francis Jenkins, chairman of the
united war fund drive announces that
he has received a check for $50 for
the fund from Burton L. French, con
gressman from Idaho, whose home is
in Moscow. Congressman French has
responded liberally to every call for
funds and has shown himself 100 per
cent American at all times.
Latah, the richest county, per capita
and one of the most prosperous counties
in the .state of Idaho, stands No. 19
among the 41 counties of Idaho in Way
Savings Stamp work, according to Judge
J. H. Forney, head of the campaign in
this county, ' Judge Forney asks the
press to take up the work and show the
people the need of united and prompt
action in order to raise the county's
quota. He said : ''The newspapers have
done splendid work, but we must depend
upon them for more publicity. Make it
plain to the people that War Savings
stamps are the same as Liberty bonds
and they get credit for them just as they
would if they had bought bonds. The
government needs the money. Unless
the people lend it to the government they
will have to pay it directly to the gov
ernment in taxes, which are already so
high that people are complaining. Buy
stamps, which is loaning your money at
a good rate of interest, instead of payyig
Judge Forney has issued the following
statement which he asks the press of
Latah county to publish :
"A Message From Your Government.
"Judge Forney states that the war
saving matter is now to the front; that
Blaine county stands at the head of the
list in Idaho, Shoshone county second,
and Latah 19th. $140,000 has been pur
chased by Latah county, $7.72 per capita;
our rank for October was No. IS.
"Prepare for the big clean-up drive of
'Honor Week,' the first week in De
"You have done your duty as a voter—
now meet your greater obligation as a
"Your government commands that you
save at home—save at every possible
'point and buy War Savings stamps.
"Your state and county have made a
magnificent record in the fourth Liberty
bond drive and in every other war de
mand-will you spoil a perfect record
for the year by falling down on your
War Saving quota?
"Will you fail to back up the Boys in
France to the full? A thousand times
'"To meet her quota Latah will have
to buy twice as many War Savings
stamps in November and December as
she bought in the first 10 months ; she
must buy 200,000—only 140,000 have been
"Ponder this—take it home with you—
then take such action as becomes -a pa
triotic and loyal citizen.
"Fathers, mothers, grandfathers, grand
mothers of our soldiers, have you bought
YOUR War Savings stamps?
"Latah War Savings Committee."
- »— -
USE WHEAT FLOUR
NOT NECESSARY TO USE SUB
STITUTES SINCE WAR IS
ENDED IS RULING
The bakers of Idalfo may how use 100
per cent wheat flour in their baking, ac
cording to an order issued yesterday
evening, applicable today. The follow
ing telegram from Boise to The Star
Mirror gives the order :
"Boise, Idaho, Nov. 15.—(Special to
Friday from the Ünit.ed States food ad
ministration at the office of Food Ad
ministrator Bicknell, announce that all
regulations heretofore requiring bakers
to use substitutes and dealers and con
sumers to buy substitutes are now can
celed and all reports are discontinued
that were formerly required from bakers
under the regulations of the administra
Mrs. Chas. O. Kneen, who has been
visiting her daughter, Mrs. I. L. Col
lier, went to Pullman yesterday. Mrs.
Kneen, a sister-in-law of Mrs. Moore,
lived in Moscow for several years,
beginning thirty-one years ago.
PRESENTS LIVELY SCENES
IDAHO WINS FROM
UNIVERSITY MAKES 2 TOUCH
DOWNS TO ONE FOR SPO
KANE SCHOOL'S TEAM
University of Idaho, 13.
Gonzaga College, 7.
This tells the story of one of the
most exciting games of foot ball
played in Moscow in years,
game was won by Idaho in the last
few minutes of the last quarter, when
Lieutenant Hanson went over the line
for a touchdown and goal was kicked
by Richardson. The score had stood
7 to 6 in Gonzaga's favor until that
In the last five minutes of the
game Gonzaga stiffened her resist
ance and offensive and got on Idaho's
1 yard line when a fumble gave Idaho
the ball and it was kicked into center
just as the whistle blew.
Gonzaga won the toss and took
choice of field. Idaho kicked off but
did not lose the ball. Idaho kicked
again, landing ball in center of field.
Scrimmage, line plays and fumbles
followed. McKiernen, left guard for
Gonzaga, got the ball and made a
spectacular end run of 40 yards for
a touch down. Gonzaga kicked goal.
The ball was put back in the center
of the field,
good forward passes,
some good center drives. Ball passed
back and forth Several times. Time
called with ball on Idaho's 30 yard
line. Score, first quarter, Gonzaga,
7, Idaho, 0.
Gonzaga made several
Gonzaga gets the ball on her 23
yard line. Loses ball to Idaho, which
makes center plunges and line drives,
reaching -Gonzaga's 1 yard line. Looks
like touchdown for Idaho, but Gon
zaga gets ball and kicks 40 yards to
Irving, of Idaho, who advances down
center. Line plunges by Idaho, which
Gonzaga could not break up, takes the
ba*Il to Gonzaga's 2 yard line. A
massed play pushes Garrity, of Idaho,
over for a touch down. Brigham fail
back in center of field. Gonzaga gets
it and by end runs and forward pass
es reached Idaho's 5 yard line. Tried
forward pass which i died. Gonzaga
lost 10 yards, Idaho gets ball and
plunges back to her 40 yard line.
First half ends with ball there and
score 7 to 6, in Gonzaga's favor.
Neither side scored in this quarter.
Hard scrimmages, passing of the ball
from one side to the other, fine blocks
of forward passes and general good
playing marked this quarter, but the
score did not change.
Gonzaga kicks to center. Idaho's
ball. Pass failed, Gonzaga gets ball
Kicks to Hansen, who made
the most spectacular play of the day,
a right end run of 40 yards landing
him over the line for a touch down.
The crowd went wild. Gonzaga seem
ed to take new energy and by a series
of plunges and forward passes reach
ed Idaho's 1 yard line and the crowd
held its breath. A touch down would
tie the score. A goal would give the
game to the visitors. In the scrim
mage, every man fighting like mad,
Gonzaga fumbled, Idaho got the ball,
kicked it back 40 yards. Whistle.
Everybody yelled and the game was
YOUNG SOLDIER LAYS DOWN
LIFE THIS MORNING AFTER
A BRAVE STRUGGLE
Frank J. Paterka, of Spokane, a
member of class A, of the S. A. T. C.,
at the University of Idaho, died this
morning of pneumonia, following in
fluenza. He had been in a critical
condition for several days,
mother, Mrs. I. J. Paterka, was with
him when the end came. He will be
buried at- Moscow tomorrow after
The young man was a graduate of
the North Central high school of Spo
kane in the class of 1918. He was
20 years old last month. He was a
member of the A. K. E. fraternity.
He was well kndwn in Spokane, where
his family lived a number of years.
He was born in Decorah, Iowa, Octob
er 12, 1898.
Word reached here today that How
ard Fenton, of Kendrick, died there
last night, of pneumonia, making the
first death in Kendrick as a result
of the "flu." He was well known
here, his wife, formerly Miss Mabel
Grice, having lived in Moscow sev
There has been a new outbreak of
influenza in town, believed to be a
result of people massing together the
day of the celebration, last Monday.
More new cases have been reported in
(Continued on page 3)
One of the busiest places in Mos
cow is the big plant of the Idaho
National Harvester company which
is now being used for the purpose of
training 300 men from Idaho and
Wyoming, who have been regularly
enlisted in the army and are taking
vocational training with their military
instruction. The men are quartered
j in barracks well arranged and com
fortablly equipped in the Stewart
building on North Main street and
they work and eat at the harvester
plant. The large building formerly
used for an assembly room where the
harvesters were assembled and put
together and painted, is used for a
dining room and the men file into
this, secure a hearty meal and get
out in just 30 minutes. One hour is
allowed for each meal, but the men
take just half that time. Frank
Conklen, of Spokane, is the chef and
handles the work with the aid of a
few assistants in dishing up the food
for the men. The men have never
yet had to wait for a meal nor been
delayed in having it served.
W. McDermott, formerly of
Spokane, who came here last sum
mer and took charge of the mechani
cal training of the first contingent of
100 men at the University of Idaho,
is in charge of the work. He is being
assisted by E. W. Miner, formerly
with the Yuba Manufacturing comp
any, of Spokane, who has charge of
the public service work; Guy Curtis
and Ed. Gruver, who were department
foremen of the harvester plant and
have been retained as instructors in
the mechanical work; G. A. Martin,
formerly of Puyallup, Wash., in
charge of general mechanics vrith C.
E. Craine, instructor in blacksmithing
and H. F. Stevens, instructor in car
pentering. Sterling Oakley has
charge of the radio instruction and is
assisted by R. G. Kennedy.
The auto mechanics department is
the largest of all, with 150 men en
rolled. There are 90 men in general
mechanics and 60 in radio work. A
number of men are out now on ac
count of illness, but that is the way
the 300 students are divided. In the
auto mechanics work the beginners
start on rear axle work and as they
learn this they are promoted to
motors and then to electrical work.
Some of the men do not advance.
Some of them develop unusual talent
in rear axles and are retained in that
department. Others show adapta
bility for motor work and stop there,
becoming assistant instructors,
men are placed where they accomp
lish the most or show tha greatest
talent. In the public service depart
ment more than 30 cars belonging to
different people were being repaired
when the reporter visited the plant.
Owners of cars are asked to bring
these in for repairs and they are
charged nothing for the work, but
are required to pay for any of the
extra parts that have to be bought.
The men are now making most of
these parts as the machine shop is
equipped to turn out almost anything
that is made of steel, copper or brass.
Men who have cars repaired have
been asked by a citizen's committee
to donate at least part of. the price
of the work to the mess fund for the
soldiers. This is used by a citizen s
committee working under the Red
Cross, to buy delicacies for the table
that are not furnished with the regu
lar army rations. Cars are taken in,
overhauled, repaired and turned out in
perfect order. Messrs McDermott,
Cruver and Curtis are expert auto
mechanics and no work is permitted
to go out until it is complete.
Forty men were working on motors.
Every kind of motor used in automo
biles were there and were being work
ed over and repaired. Sixty men
were working on rear axles and other
work about tne car and every kind of
rear axle used was represented in the
shop. In another room where classes
are assembled a large class Was being
given instruction by Mr. Cruver with
the use of a blackboard. Each in
structor takes his class into the class
room once daily for lecture and black
board work, using from 30 minutes to
an hour for this class of work.
There are five large buildings de
voted to this work and divided into
different departments. The blacksmith
and carpenter shops had to be equip
ped and the,men built their own forges
and installed complete blacksmith
shops with 16 fires. Adjoining this
is the carpenter shop which was built
and furnished by the men who are
now making a fine lot of furniture,
desks, etc., for the officers and in
structors. Then there is the electrical
plant where the men are being taught
electricity and its use in connection
with automobile and gas engine work.
In another building which has been
erected and fitted up with wireless a
large class is taking instruction in
sending and receiving messages
through the air. Outside were a num
ber of men engaged in "wig-wag"
signalling with flags. Every one was
busy. The men, drawn from every
walk of life, from the farms, the lum
ber camps, the cattle and sheep
ranches, the mercantile stores, pro
fessions and every vocation, are all
working together and taking a deep
interest in the work.
Certain periods of each day are
given over to military instruction.
The men came here a lot of raw re
cruits, wholly unaccustomed to the
line of work thew are now doing, and,
(Continued on page four.)
xml | txt